The Ape Cognition and Conservation Initiative (ACCI) is the only research facility in North America to house and study Bonobos. An endangered great ape species, Bonobos can be found only along a small stretch of the Congo River Basin in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa in the wild.
Located on 230 acres of pristine Iowa hardwood forest in Des Moines, Iowa, the ACCI facilities include 20 acres of ape-accessible outdoor space. The family of Bonobos in residence include the world famous Kanzi, Nyota, Elykia, Maisha and Teco.
The Ape Cognition and Conservation Initiative (ACCI) is dedicated to the conservation and protection of Great Apes worldwide, as well as responsible and sustainable research aimed at uncovering the evolutionary origins of human language, cognition, and behavior. We aim to use the knowledge we gain from studies with great apes to better humanity by increasing public knowledge of our species’ origins and our connection with the natural world. With a focus on Science, Conservation, and Civic Engagement, ACCI is uniquely positioned to emerge as a leader in a new era in great ape cognition and conservation research.
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ACCI is currently not scheduling any public visits for the Fall of 2014 as we are working to develop our education programs with local schools and universities. Please check back in early 2015 for public open house dates. If you would like to schedule a tour for your school or organization, please contact us at .